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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community. Our programs enable students to master the key principles of public management, research, and public policy so they can spark change, improvement, and resiliency in communities.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

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The College Opportunity Program provides access to online certificate and degree programs, at no cost to MGM Resorts Employees.

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President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

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A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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As Southern Nevada’s image as a mecca for professional sports continues to grow, so too do employment opportunities for UNLV graduates. 

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News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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UNLV's Tribal Education Initiative gives its new director an outlet for advocacy and Native students the opportunity of a lifetime.

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

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Gerardo Velasquez is no stranger to the Las Vegas heat. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2004, the 56-year-old has worked in solar panel installation — a tough job in the summer without adequate breaks, shade and hydration. With no solid, enforceable regulations, not every company provides the same tolerable working conditions.

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Two top Las Vegas-Clark County Library District employees accepted free Super Bowl tickets worth thousands of dollars each and requested a third ticket, potentially violating the district’s conflict of interest policy.


Clark County is set to add some new Ford Mustangs to its fleet, but these aren't your father's Mustangs. The county commission voted last week to approve just over $2 million for the purchase of nearly 60 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles. The move is a step toward the county's goal to have a fully EV fleet of vehicles in place by 2050. The overall goal: to help cut greenhouse emissions.

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Elon Musk's Boring Company incurred fines exceeding $112,000 due to safety breaches flagged by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the construction of the Vegas Loop underground tunnel last year, Indianapolis’ WRTV reported.


Southwest Gas says natural gas bills will drop in the coming months, but several customers tell Channel 13, after months of massive rate hikes, they're not convinced.


Elon Musk's Boring Company has been fined more than $112,000 for safety violations by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the Vegas Loop underground tunnel last summer.

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Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

Jacob D. Skousen (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) published a paper titled, "Making Nevada Schools Safer: The State of Empirical Evidence." The policy paper reviews the measures taken to improve school safety. He reports that the evidence shows that overall safety in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools has…
A new study led by professor Ben Leffel (Public Policy and Leadership) has been selected for the inaugural Berkeley Haas Sustainable Business Research Prize as a finalist, which "recognizes research with the greatest potential to spur immediate change in the face of environmental crises". The study, by Leffel and University of Michigan coauthors…
Ph.D. student Aaron Colleta (Public Policy and Leadership) has been honored as a Founders' Fellow by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) this year. The Founders' Fellows program is designed to support and advance the next generation of public service leaders, providing significant professional development opportunities. Aaron…
Ben Leffel (Public Policy and Leadership) has published a new piece in npj Climate Action (with coauthors Don Grant and Evan Johnson) on what matters for decarbonizing power plants: They show that for the world's power plants, what matters for carbon emissions reductions (2009-2018) is not national-level climate policy, but city-level climate…
Ben Leffel (Public Policy and Leadership) is lead author in a new study published in Cities , titled "Not so polycentric: The stratified structure & national drivers of transnational municipal networks" that has mapped the known universe of cities in these global governance networks. This analysis of over 10,000 cities and their…
Ph.D. candidate Sheetal Survase (Public Affairs) and Elizabeth Johnson (Liberal Arts, Academic Advising Center) published a research article titled, "Serving on the Front Lines of Higher Education: Exploring Advisors' Coping During COVID-19," in the NACADA Journal. This study examines the relationship between advisor work conditions and the…